6 Colorado players to watch at the 2022 PDGA World Disc Golf Championships

Disc golf hasn’t gone crazy on the course at your local green space. The rise in recreational popularity, in Colorado and across the country, has coincided with increased interest in the professional side of the game. And with more eyes comes more investment: multi-year, multi-million dollar endorsement deals for top players and bigger money tournaments like next week. 2022 PDGA Professional Disc Golf World Championships.

From August 30 to September 3, the best disc golfers on the planet will descend on Emporia, Kansas to compete, including nearly a dozen Coloradans in the men’s and women’s pro divisions. Meet some of them below, then cheer them on in person (five day passes it’s only $100); watch live coverage on the disc golf net ($12 per month for full access); or watch free post-production coverage on popular YouTube channels like jomezpro.

Eagle McMahon
Photo by Aaron Colussi

Years: 24
PDGA US Tour Rank (at time of publication): 5
Boulder-born McMahon turned pro at age 13, achieved the highest PDGA rating in the world in 2018 and won more than $245,000 in tournament prize money. His rabid fan base (his Youtube channel has 70,000 subscribers) will cheer on the Discmania-sponsored athlete for returning from a major shoulder injury last spring to compete for the men’s division title, which isn’t as crazy as it sounds, given he took a 1st place finish. place at the European Open in July without being able to use his trademark right-handed forehand.

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kona bread
Photo by Jeff Panis

Years: 23
PDGA US Tour Rank (at time of publication): twenty
OK, so Panis technically She now lives in California, but grew up and learned to play in Colorado, and she credits our state’s thin air for forcing her to throw hard and develop the distance that gives her an advantage over many of her competitors. After signing a four-year, $500,000 deal with Dynamic Discs in January, Panis, who was previously at Innova Disc Golf, had to adjust to a new line of discs this season. However, with Emporia being home to her new sponsor, Panis has high hopes and a good chance to win the women’s division at the 2022 PDGA World Disc Golf Championships.

joel freeman
Photo courtesy of the Disc Golf Pro Tour

Years: 28
PDGA US Tour Rank (at time of publication): 8
Based in Loveland, this member of Innova’s Team Champion, “disc golf’s perennial warriors on the road,” according to the company, won Colorado’s first Disc Golf Pro Tour tournament at Bailey in June. Freeman has also drawn attention for his eye-catching clothing choices and designs and sales. disc golf jerseys.

6 Colorado players to watch at the 2022 PDGA World Disc Golf Championships Sandra Richardson
Photo courtesy of Sandra Richardson

Years: 38
PDGA US Tour Rank (at time of publication): 55
After 13 years as a pediatric ICU nurse and 10 as a disc golfer, Richardson quit her day job in January to take a sabbatical and hit the professional disc golf circuit with a friend and fellow player who had room in your mobile home. Focusing on her game full-time paid off with a first-place finish at June’s High Plains Challenge in Fort Morgan. Although the former CSU rugby player (now sponsored by Innova and Longmont’s First Flight Disc Golf) is a competitor at heart, her main goal for this year’s championships is to win the round she played on the same Emporia courses during the Dynamic Discs Open last spring.

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Aaron Gossage
Photo courtesy of the Disc Golf Pro Tour

Years: 25
PDGA US Tour Rank (at time of publication): 24
Known for his big arm, Gossage competed at the collegiate level at Colorado Mesa University before joining the pro tour in 2021. The relative rookie, whose sponsors include Discraft and his hometown of Grand Junction’s triple play recordswhich sells vinyl and records (plastic, not compact), reached the podium twice, with two third-place finishes, at Disc Golf Pro Tour events last spring.

6 Colorado players to watch at the 2022 PDGA World Disc Golf Championships Sammie Jo Guerrero
Photo courtesy of Sammie Jo Guerrero

Years: 41
PDGA US Tour Rank (at time of publication): Not qualified
A native of San Antonio, Texas, Guerrero got serious about disc golf after moving to Colorado Springs 11 years ago. He turned pro in 2019 and works part time for one of his sponsors, Kwik Way Discs, which sells an impressive selection of records at a gas station in northeast Colorado Springs. He is also a member of Top Shelf Disc Supply’s equipment top shelf, Guerrero tied for second at the May 303 Open in Fort Collins. This will be her second consecutive trip to the PDGA World Disc Golf Championships, where she hopes to be one of the top 32 women (of 77 registered) to make it to the final round on Saturday.